Arts Alliance Conference

Hello again,


The last time I blogged, the main theme was young people and gambling.  I have used the gambling case study with the Writing wrongs Programme and it seemed to work well.

Anyway I have had a hectic few weeks. I spent a few days in Morocco as part of Cirque Bizarre. We had a great time and the performance was really well received. We took in the sights, sounds and beautiful smells in the markets and we were treated to some of the tastiest food imaginable.  Good times.

On my return, in between YOT working, I headed off to the Arts Alliance Conference at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.  What an amazing building.  I was lucky to be asked to do a Restorative Justice and Arts workshop at the Conference.  One of the other scheduled workshops pulled out so I ended up doing two.

The feedback on the day was very positive.  One of the most common themes which cropped up was that many of the artists who are commissioned to work with young people often tend to lack the basic skills of engagement.

Engaging young people and motivating them to participate in an arts session or an offence focused Programme session is a skill in itself.  I learned a lot of these skills during my spell as a teacher in the Pupil Referral Service and I’ve honed my engagement techniques over the last few years as a YOT practitioner and trainer.

It was refreshing to meet so many passionate and enthusiastic people who value the role of arts within offence focused work.

If you are using Writing Wrongs try and get local artists to help out with ideas.  Don’t just go for the obvious such as graffiti or mixing desks (although they are both great art forms) try something different such as:  sculpture; writing; printing; singing, textiles; ceramics; magic; drama etc.

Check out the Arts Alliance website, The Koestler Trust website and UNITAS.

Image from SECURE the first exhibition in Wales at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff for the

Andy Winters


Writing Wrongs









Wow, what a busy few weeks.  Lots of training. Lots of work with young people and now very inspired by The Koestler Trust.

I went to The Koestler Trust exhibition in Liverpool last year. The creative work on show is fantastic.  This year we hope to enter a number of young people into the Koestler competition.

This year’s theme is ‘Forgiveness’ this fits in well with Restorative Approaches (closing date 19th April 2013)

The ‘My Shirt’ exercise in Writing Wrongs could be utilised by young people to create art entries for the competition.  If you’ve done any shirts or want to do any, please email them to me at and we’ll put them on the website.

I will be delivering an RJ and Arts workshop at the Arts Alliance Meeting and Annual Conference in Cardiff on 14th March. If you are down there please come and say hello.

So please get your young people motivated and get their artistic juices flowing.  I’m off to Morocco with Writing Wrongs at the weekend. I’ll let you know how I got on when I get back.

Best wishes

Andy Winters